Not being a pilot, I actually had no idea about this stuff until he told me - its good to see how these will be useful for a specific segment that is currently not served well by technology.
It's a hot form factor for use in the cockpit. Laptops and traditional
tablets are too big. Something about the size of a paperback or even a
hard-cover book is better. There's a lot of software for displaying all the
charts that we normally have to carry on paper. Instead of taking a couple
dozen folding paper maps when I fly from here to the coast I just load up
the hard drive. All the maps are georeferenced to GPS so if you have a
portable GPS you can see your position all all the maps.
The other problem they solve are approach plates. It's not a problem to cary
a dozen pages for the destination airport, detailing the instrument approach
procedures. But if the enroute weather is bad it's a good idea to carry
approach plates for ALL the airports within gliding distance of your route.
That means carrying one or two big leather binders. But I can get them all
on the hard drive, again georeferenced to GPS.
Last is NexRad weather. I get weather downloaded via XM radio (do you guys
have XM radio down there?) to my tablet PC, which is overlayed on my route
so I can see exactly when I'm going to get wet (or worse). And I can
piggyback an XM receiver so I get 170 channels of music and news to play
through the headset.
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